Avatar Of Joshua FarnsworthJoshua Farnsworth
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Hi Matt, sorry for any confusion! Where did you get the impression that 1885-1888 was the “gold standard”? Was there a typo in my article? I actually wrote this in my hand plane buyer’s guide: “Opinions vary, but most people feel that the quality peaked between type 11 and 13, and that the quality sharply declined during and after World War 2.” Please see my handplane buyer’s guide for all the advice you could want, here: https://woodandshop.com/woodworking-hand-tool-buying-guide-handplanes/